2010 FIFA World Cup
100 YEARS FIFA 1904 - 2004
Fédération Internationale de Football Association
Fédération Internationale de Football Association
President: Joseph S. Blatter (Switzerland)
General Secretary: Jérôme Valcke (France)
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1. FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONALE DE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION 3. ORGANISING ASSOCIATION: SOUTH AFRICA
SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
President: Joseph S. Blatter
General Secretary: Jérôme Valcke President: Moleﬁ Oliphant
Address: FIFA-Strasse 20 General Secretary: Raymond Hack
P.O. Box Address: SAFA House
8044 Zurich 76 NASREC Road
Switzerland NASREC Ext 3
Telephone: +41-43/222 7777 Johannesburg
Telefax: +41-43/222 7878 South Africa 2190
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2. ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA™ NASREC Ext 3
Chairman: Issa Hayatou South Africa 2190
Deputy Chairmen: Julio H. Grondona, Michel Platini Telephone: +27 11 567 2010
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Article Page Article Page
GENERAL PROVISIONS 6-18 FINAL COMPETITION 29-46
1. 2010 FIFA World Cup South AfricaTM 6 25. Final competition 29
2. Organising Association responsibilities 7 26. List of players 29
3. Organising Committee for the FIFA World CupTM 8 27. Accreditation 31
4. Participating member associations 9 28. Teams and draw for the ﬁnal competition 31
5. Entries for the FIFA World CupTM 10 29. Venues, dates and kick-off times,
6. Withdrawal, penalty for failing to play and replacement 11 arrival at the venues for ﬁnal competition matches 32
7. Eligibility of players 13 30. Stadiums, ﬁelds of play, clocks, displays 34
8. Laws of the Game 13 31. Footballs 35
9. Refereeing 14 32. Equipment 35
10. Disciplinary matters 15 33. Flags and anthems 37
11. Doping 15 34. Protocol 37
12. Disputes 16 35. Media 37
13. Protests 16 36. Financial provisions 38
14. Commercial rights 18 37. Ticketing 40
38. Final competition format 40
PRELIMINARY COMPETITION 19-28 39. Group stage 40
15. Entry forms 19 40. Round of sixteen 42
16. List of players 19 41. Quarter-ﬁnals 43
17. Preliminary draw, format of play and group formation 20 42. Semi-ﬁnals 43
18. Venues, kick-off times and training sessions 22 43. Final, play-off for third place 44
19. Stadiums, ﬁelds of play, clocks, displays 24 44. Trophy, awards and medals 44
20. Footballs 26
21. Equipment 26 FINAL PROVISIONS 47-48
22. Flags and anthems 27 45. Special circumstances 47
23. Financial provisions 27 46. Matters not provided for 47
24. Ticketing 28 47. Languages 47
48. Copyright 47
49. No waiver 47
50. Enforcement 48
8. Any rights associated with the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ that are
Article 1 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ not granted by these Regulations and/or speciﬁc agreements to a
participating member association in the preliminary or ﬁnal competition,
1. The FIFA World Cup™ is a FIFA event embodied in the FIFA Statutes. or to a confederation, belong to FIFA.
2. On 15 May 2004, the FIFA Executive Committee designated the South 9. The FIFA Statutes and all FIFA regulations in force shall apply. Any
African Football Association (SAFA) as the Organising Association of reference in these Regulations to the FIFA Statutes and regulations refer
the ﬁnal competition for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The Organising to the Statutes and regulations valid at the time of application.
Association is responsible for organising, hosting and staging the ﬁnal
competition, as well as the security for the duration thereof.
Article 2 Organising Association responsibilities
3. SAFA has set up a Local Organising Committee (LOC) in the form of
an internal division to organise the ﬁnal competition, in accordance 1. The obligations and responsibilities of the Organising Association are
with the List of Requirements (LoR) and the Organising Association stipulated in the OAA and the LoR, these Regulations and other FIFA
Agreement (OAA) between FIFA and the Organising Association. regulations, guidelines, directives, decisions, circulars or any other
agreement reached between FIFA and the Organising Association.
4. SAFA and its LOC are collectively referred to as the Organising
Association. The Organising Association is subject to the supervision 2. The responsibilities of the Organising Association shall include but not
and control of FIFA, which has the last word on all matters relevant to be limited to:
the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The decisions of FIFA are ﬁnal. a) ensuring that order and safety is maintained in cooperation with
the government of South Africa, particularly in and around the
5. Working relations between the Organising Association and FIFA stadiums. It shall take adequate measures to prevent and avoid
are regulated in a special contract, the OAA, its annexes, the LoR, outbreaks of violence;
FIFA guidelines and circulars as well as the FIFA Statutes and various b) ensuring that order and safety is maintained around the
regulations. The Organising Association undertakes to observe the FIFA headquarters and training grounds of the participating member
Statutes, regulations, directives, decisions, guidelines, circulars as well associations;
as the LoR and the OAA. c) concluding insurance policies in consultation with FIFA to cover all
risks relating to the ﬁnal competition’s organisation, in particular,
6. The FIFA Executive Committee has also appointed the Organising adequate liability insurance in respect of the stadiums, local
Committee for the FIFA World Cup™ (FIFA Organising Committee) to organisation, members of the Organising Association and the
organise the competition. LOC, employees, volunteers and any other persons involved in the
organisation of the ﬁnal competition;
7. The regulations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ (the d) concluding liability insurance against possible spectator accidents
Regulations) regulate the rights, duties and responsibilities of all or deaths;
associations taking part in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and of the e) ensuring the presence of a sufﬁcient number of ground staff and
Organising Association by forming an integral part of the OAA. The security stewards to guarantee safety.
Regulations and all guidelines and circulars issued by FIFA are binding
for all parties participating and involved in the preparation, organisation 3. The Organising Association shall discharge FIFA from all responsibility
and hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. and relinquish any claim against FIFA and the members of its delegation
for any damages resulting from any act or omission relating to the
organisation and course of the FIFA World Cup™.
k) replacing associations that have withdrawn from the FIFA World
Article 3 Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup™ Cup™;
l) settling cases of force majeure;
1. The Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup™, appointed by the
m) dealing with any other aspect of the FIFA World Cup™ that is
FIFA Executive Committee, is responsible for organising the FIFA World
not the responsibility of any other body under the terms of these
Cup™ in accordance with the FIFA Statutes.
Regulations or the FIFA Statutes.
2. The FIFA Organising Committee may, if necessary, appoint a bureau
4. The decisions taken by the FIFA Organising Committee and/or its
and/or one or more sub-committee(s) to deal with emergencies. Any
sub-committee(s) are ﬁnal and binding.
decision taken by the bureau or the sub-committee(s) shall come into
effect immediately but shall be subject to conﬁrmation by the plenary
committee at its next meeting.
Article 4 Participating member associations
3. The responsibilities of the FIFA Organising Committee include, amongst
other matters: 1. Each participating member association shall be responsible throughout
a) supervising general preparations and deciding on the competition the competition for:
format, the draw and the formation of groups and sub-groups; a) the conduct of the members of its delegation (ofﬁcials and players),
b) ﬁxing the dates and venues of the matches in the ﬁnal competition and of any person carrying out duties on its behalf throughout
as well as in the preliminary competition whenever associations fail the competition, from their arrival in the host country until their
to agree; departure;
c) determining the match schedule and kick-off times for the ﬁnal b) concluding compulsory insurance cover, particularly health,
competition; accident and travel insurance, for all members of its delegation;
d) choosing the stadiums and training grounds for the ﬁnal competition c) paying for incidental expenses incurred by its delegation
in accordance with the LoR and OAA after consultation with the members and for any costs incurred by additional members of the
e) appointing match commissioners, security ofﬁcers and any other d) paying for any costs of extending the stay of any member of its
FIFA ofﬁcials; delegation, the duration of which is determined by FIFA;
f) judging infringements concerning the eligibility of players in the e) applying for visas in good time from the relevant host country, if
ﬁnal competition (cf. art. 7, par. 2); necessary;
g) choosing the ofﬁcial football and stipulated technical material for f) attending media conferences and other ofﬁcial media activities
the ﬁnal competition; organised by FIFA in accordance with the instructions issued by
h) deciding at which matches of the preliminary competition doping FIFA;
tests will be conducted; g) ensuring that every member of its delegation completes the FIFA
i) reporting cases in relation to article 6 of these Regulations to the entry forms and signs the required declarations.
FIFA Disciplinary Committee for its deliberation;
2. The participating member associations and their players and ofﬁcials
j) judging protests and taking appropriate steps to verify their agree to comply with the Laws of the Game and the FIFA Statutes and
admissibility; regulations, in particular the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the FIFA Doping
Control Regulations, the FIFA Code of Ethics, the FIFA Commercial
Regulations and the FIFA Equipment Regulations as well as all directives 4. On entering the competition, the participating member associations
and decisions of FIFA bodies unless these Regulations stipulate and their players and ofﬁcials automatically undertake to:
otherwise. The participating member associations and their players and a) observe and comply with the FIFA Statutes, regulations, directives,
ofﬁcials also agree to comply with the Participating Member Association circulars, guidelines and decisions as well as national and
Ticketing Allocation Agreement and all further FIFA guidelines and international laws;
circulars that have any signiﬁcance regarding the FIFA World Cup™.
b) accept that all the administrative, disciplinary and refereeing
matters related to the competition shall be dealt with by FIFA in
3. All members of the participating member associations’ delegations shall
compliance with the relevant FIFA regulations;
undertake to comply fully with the regulations and decisions taken by
FIFA bodies, in particular the Executive Committee, FIFA Organising c) participate in all matches of the competition in which their team
Committee, Referees Committee, Disciplinary Committee and Appeal is scheduled to take part;
Committee. d) accept all the arrangements made by the Organising Association
in agreement with FIFA;
4. Unless otherwise mentioned in these Regulations, each participating e) accept the use and/or sublicense by FIFA, as well as the recording
member association hosting a match in the preliminary competition and broadcast of the images, names and records of players and
will be responsible, among other matters, for: ofﬁcials and those of participating member associations that may
a) guaranteeing, planning and implementing law and order as well appear in connection with the ﬁnal competition in accordance
as safety and security in the stadiums and other relevant locations with the FIFA Commercial Regulations;
in conjunction with the relevant authorities; f) provide sufﬁcient insurance to cover their delegation against all
b) obtaining adequate insurance cover for all risks relating to match risks, including but not limited to injury, accident and disease;
organisation, including but not limited to public liability insurance. g) observe the principles of fair play.
FIFA shall be expressly identiﬁed as a named insured party in all
such insurance policies;
c) providing the match commissioner with a DVD or video cassette Article 6 Withdrawal, penalty for failing to play and replacement
of each home match immediately after the match in question.
1. All participating member associations undertake to play all of their
matches until eliminated from the FIFA World Cup™.
Article 5 Entries for the FIFA World Cup™
2. Any association that withdraws between the preliminary draw and the
1. The FIFA World Cup™ takes place every four years. As a general rule, start of the preliminary competition is liable to a ﬁne of CHF 20,000.
every association afﬁliated to FIFA may participate in the FIFA World Any association that withdraws after the start of the preliminary
Cup™ with its representative team. competition is liable to a ﬁne of CHF 40,000.
2. The FIFA World Cup™ consists of two parts: 3. Any association that withdraws no later than 30 days before the
a) the preliminary competition; start of the ﬁnal competition shall be ﬁned between a minimum of
CHF 250,000 and a maximum of CHF 500,000. Any association that
b) the ﬁnal competition.
withdraws less than 30 days before the start of the ﬁnal competition, or
during the ﬁnal competition itself, shall be ﬁned between a minimum
3. The Organising Association’s representative team, the South African
of CHF 500,000 and a maximum of CHF 1,000,000.
Football Association, automatically qualiﬁes for the ﬁnal competition.
4. Depending on the circumstances of the withdrawal, the FIFA Disciplinary 11. No appeals may be lodged against these decisions.
Committee may impose additional sanctions, including the suspension
of the association concerned from subsequent FIFA competitions. 12. If, through the fault of a participating member association, a match
cannot take place or be played in its entirety, the FIFA Organising
5. Any association that withdraws or is excluded from playing in the Committee shall declare that the match be forfeited (awarding victory
competition may be replaced by another association. The FIFA and the resultant three points to the opposing team as well as the
Organising Committee will decide on the matter at its sole discretion. No score of 3-0, or greater, depending on the score in the match at the
appeals may be lodged against these decisions. Furthermore, the guilty time of abandonment) and/or exclude the team concerned from the
association will forfeit any claim to ﬁnancial remuneration from FIFA. competition.
6. Depending on circumstances and the decision of the FIFA Organising 13. The FIFA Organising Committee shall take whatever action is deemed
Committee, any association that withdraws may be ordered to necessary in cases of force majeure.
reimburse FIFA and the Organising Association for any expenses already
incurred as a result of its involvement in the competition, and may also
be obliged to pay compensation for any damages or losses incurred.
Article 7 Eligibility of players
7. If a team does not report for a match – except in cases of force majeure 1. Each association shall ensure the following when selecting its
recognised by the FIFA Organising Committee – or if it refuses to representative team for the FIFA World Cup™:
continue to play or leaves the stadium before the end of a match, the a) all players shall be citizens of its country and subject to its
team will be considered as having lost. The match and three points jurisdiction;
will be awarded to its opponents with a score of 3-0 or more if, in the
case of an abandoned match, the winning team has already reached b) all players shall be eligible for selection in accordance with the
a higher score at the time the guilty team leaves the ﬁeld or refuses to Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA Statutes and
continue to play. other relevant FIFA regulations.
2. Any team that is found guilty of ﬁelding an ineligible player shall forfeit
8. The guilty team will, as a general rule, be excluded from further
the match in question. Victory and the resultant three points will be
participation in the competition so that none of its matches will be
awarded to the opposing team as well as the score of 3-0, or greater,
deemed valid, unless the incidents mentioned in par. 7 occurred in its
depending on the score of the match. The FIFA Organising Committee
last match. In addition, the guilty association shall pay compensation
is the competent body to decide in this regard.
for any damages or losses suffered by the other association(s) and
by FIFA. Furthermore, the guilty association will forfeit any claim to
ﬁnancial remuneration from FIFA. Further measures may be taken by Article 8 Laws of the Game
the FIFA Organising Committee.
1. All matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game
9. If the circumstances of withdrawal are sufficiently serious, the
in force at the time of the tournament and as laid down by the
Disciplinary Committee may also take whatever additional action is
International Football Association Board. In the case of any discrepancy
appropriate under the terms of the Disciplinary Code.
in the interpretation of the Laws of the Game, the English version shall
10. The relevant FIFA committee shall determine the amount of damages
for ﬁnancial loss upon receipt of a substantiated and documented 2. Each match shall last 90 minutes, comprising two periods of
request from the Organising Association. 45 minutes, with a half-time interval of 15 minutes.
3. If, in accordance with the provisions of these Regulations, extra time behaviour by supporters and/or by ofﬁcials or any other person acting
is to be played as the result of a draw at the end of normal playing on behalf of an association at the match and any other incident
time, it shall always consist of two periods of 15 minutes each, with happening before, during and after the match in as much detail as
an interval of ﬁve minutes at the end of normal playing time, but not possible.
between the two periods of extra time.
4. If the score is still level after extra time, penalty kicks will be taken to Article 10 Disciplinary matters
determine the winner in accordance with the procedure described in
the Laws of the Game. 1. Disciplinary incidents are dealt with in compliance with the FIFA
Disciplinary Code in force and all relevant circulars and directives, with
which the participating member associations undertake to comply.
Article 9 Refereeing
2. FIFA may introduce new disciplinary rules and sanctions for the duration
1. The referees, assistant referees and fourth ofﬁcials for the preliminary of the ﬁnal competition. Such rules shall be communicated to the
and ﬁnal competitions will be appointed for each match by the FIFA participating member associations one month before the ﬁrst match
Referees Committee. They shall be selected from the FIFA International of the ﬁnal competition at the latest.
Refereeing List in force and come from a member association whose
team is not playing in the group or match in question. A reserve assistant 3. In addition, the players agree notably to:
referee will also be appointed for each match of the ﬁnal competition. a) respect the spirit of fair play and non-violence;
The decisions of the FIFA Referees Committee are ﬁnal and not subject b) behave accordingly;
c) refrain from doping as deﬁned by the FIFA Doping Control
2. The referees, assistant referees, fourth ofﬁcials and reserve assistant Regulations.
referees shall receive their ofﬁcial refereeing kit and equipment
4. The participating member associations and their delegations shall
from FIFA. They shall wear and use only this kit and equipment on
comply with the FIFA Statutes, the Disciplinary Code and the Code of
Ethics, in particular in matters regarding the ﬁght against discrimination
3. The referees, assistant referees, fourth ofﬁcials and reserve assistant and racism.
referees shall be given the opportunity to use training facilities.
4. If the referee or one of the assistant referees is prevented from carrying Article 11 Doping
out his duties, such referee or assistant referee shall be replaced by the
fourth ofﬁcial. 1. Doping is prohibited. FIFA will inform the participating member
associations by means of a circular letter of the doping control
5. After each match, the referee shall complete and sign the ofﬁcial procedures and list of prohibited substances.
FIFA report form. In the preliminary competition, he shall send this
report within 24 hours to the FIFA general secretariat (by telefax or 2. The FIFA Organising Committee shall be responsible for the approval
post). In the ﬁnal competition, he shall hand it over to the FIFA general of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory which
coordinator at the stadium immediately after the match. will carry out the analysis of samples.
6. On the report form, the referee shall note all occurrences, such as 3. The FIFA Disciplinary Code, the Doping Control Regulations, as well as
misconduct of players leading to caution or expulsion, unsporting all other relevant FIFA directives will apply to the FIFA World Cup™.
3. Protests regarding the eligibility of players nominated for matches
Article 12 Disputes in the preliminary competition shall be submitted in writing to the
FIFA general secretariat no later than 24 (twenty-four) hours before
1. All disputes in connection with the FIFA World Cup™ shall be promptly the match in question. Protests regarding the eligibility of players
settled by negotiation. nominated for matches in the ﬁnal competition shall be submitted in
writing to the FIFA general secretariat no later than 5 (ﬁve) days before
2. In compliance with the FIFA Statutes, participating member associations, the opening match.
players and ofﬁcials may not take disputes to an ordinary court of law
but to the exclusive jurisdiction of FIFA. 4. Protests regarding the state of the pitch, its surroundings, markings
or accessory items (e.g. goals, ﬂag posts or footballs) shall be made
3. The participating member associations, players and ofﬁcials acknowledge
in writing to the referee before the start of the match by the head of
and accept that, once all internal channels have been exhausted at
delegation of the team lodging the protest. If the pitch’s playing surface
FIFA, their sole recourse shall be to the Court of Arbitration for Sport
becomes unplayable during a match, the captain of the protesting team
(CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Any such arbitration proceedings shall
shall immediately lodge a protest with the referee in the presence of the
be governed by the CAS Code of Sports-related Arbitration, subject to
captain of the opposing team. The protests shall be conﬁrmed in writing
decisions which are ﬁnal and binding.
to the FIFA general secretariat during the preliminary competition, and
to the FIFA headquarters in South Africa during the ﬁnal competition, by
4. Any disputes between FIFA and the Organising Association shall be
the head of the team delegation no later than two hours after the match.
settled as stipulated in the OAA.
5. Protests against any incidents that occur during the course of a match
shall be made to the referee by the team captain immediately after the
Article 13 Protests
disputed incident and before play has resumed, in the presence of the
captain of the opposing team. The protest shall be conﬁrmed in writing
1. For the purpose of these Regulations, protests are objections of any to the FIFA match commissioner or FIFA general coordinator by the
kind related to events or matters that have a direct effect on matches head of the team delegation no later than two hours after the match.
organised in the preliminary and ﬁnal competitions of the 2010 FIFA
World Cup™, including but not limited to the state of and markings 6. No protests may be made about the referee’s decisions regarding
on the pitch, accessory match equipment, eligibility of players, stadium facts connected with play. Such decisions are ﬁnal, unless otherwise
installations and footballs. stipulated in the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
2. Unless otherwise stipulated in this article, protests shall be submitted in
7. If an unfounded or irresponsible protest is lodged, the FIFA Disciplinary
writing to the FIFA match commissioner or the FIFA general coordinator
Committee may impose a ﬁne.
within two hours of the match in question and followed up immediately
with a full written report, including a copy of the original protest, to be
8. Once the ﬁnal match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South AfricaTM has
sent in writing and by registered letter to the FIFA general secretariat
ended, any protests described in this article will be disregarded.
or, during the ﬁnal competition, to the FIFA headquarters in South
Africa within 24 hours of the end of the match, otherwise they will be
9. The FIFA Organising Committee will pass decisions on any protests
GENERAL PROVISIONS PRELIMINARY COMPETITION
Article 14 Commercial rights Article 15 Entry forms – preliminary competition
1. FIFA owns and controls all commercial rights in relation to the FIFA Subject to any other decision by the FIFA Executive Committee, the
World Cup™. associations shall complete and send the ofﬁcial entry form to the
FIFA general secretariat in accordance with the deadline stipulated in
2. FIFA will issue, at a later date, Commercial Regulations for the
the relevant FIFA circular. Only the entry forms sent to the FIFA general
preliminary and ﬁnal competitions specifying these commercial rights.
secretariat by the deadline set will be valid and taken into consideration.
All FIFA members must comply with these Commercial Regulations
Entries sent by telefax or e-mail shall be conﬁrmed on the ofﬁcial entry
and ensure that their members, ofﬁcials, players, delegates and other
afﬁliates also comply with these regulations.
Article 16 List of players – preliminary competition
1. Each association entering the preliminary competition shall send the
FIFA general secretariat a provisional list of at least 50 prospective
players for the preliminary competition no later than 30 (thirty) days
before its ﬁrst qualifying match. This list shall show each player’s last
name, ﬁrst name, club, date of birth and passport number as well as
the coach’s last name, ﬁrst name, date of birth and nationality.
2. This list is not binding. Further players may be added, showing the
same information, at any time but no later than the day before the
qualifying match in question.
3. 18 players may be entered on the list of players (11 players and 7
substitutes). The 11 (eleven) ﬁrst-named players must start the match,
the other 7 (seven) are designated as substitutes. The numbers on the
players’ shirts must correspond with the numbers indicated on the
match sheet (numbers 1-18 only). All goalkeepers and the captain
must be identiﬁed as such.
4. Both teams must return their match sheet to the referee at least
60 (sixty) minutes before kick-off.
5. After the match sheets have been completed, signed and returned
to the referee, and if the match has not yet kicked off, the following
a) If any of the ﬁrst 11 players listed on the match sheet are not able
to start the match for any reason, they may be replaced by any of
the seven substitutes. During the match, three players may still be b) one home and one away match per team (knock-out format);
replaced. c) by way of exception and only with the permission of the FIFA
Organising Committee, in the form of a tournament in one of the
b) If any of the seven substitutes listed on the match sheet are not countries of the participating member associations or on neutral
able to be ﬁelded for any reason, they may not be replaced, territory.
which means that the quota of substitute players will be reduced
accordingly. 5. When matches are played in accordance with format (a) or (b), home
matches may not be played in another country without the express
6. If a group holds all of its qualifying matches in one venue (in the form permission of the FIFA Organising Committee.
of a tournament), up to 23 players may be entered on the list of players
(11 players and 12 substitutes). 6. In the league format, the ranking in each group is determined as
a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;
Article 17 Preliminary draw, format of play and group formation –
b) goal difference in all group matches;
c) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.
1. The FIFA Organising Committee decides on the format of play, the If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria,
group formation and the duration of the preliminary competition. It their rankings will be determined as follows:
forms groups and/or sub-groups for the preliminary competition by d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between
seeding and drawing lots whilst taking sports and geographic factors the teams concerned;
into consideration, as far as possible. The FIFA Executive Committee has e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the
to approve these decisions. Any seeding based on team performance teams concerned;
for each continental preliminary competition will be based on the FIFA/
Coca-Cola World Ranking. The decisions of the Executive Committee f) greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the
are ﬁnal. The preliminary draw will take place in Durban, South Africa teams concerned;
on 25 November 2007. g) drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.
2. In the event of any withdrawals, the FIFA Organising Committee may 7. With the approval of the FIFA Organising Committee and should the
change the groups in accordance with the provisions of par. 1 above. coordinated international match calendar allow, play-offs may be
played instead of drawing lots to decide ties within groups (cf. art. 17,
3. The preliminary competition is scheduled to begin on the ﬁrst ofﬁcial par. 6g). If any such play-off ends in a tie, extra time of two periods
international match date after the preliminary draw according to the of 15 minutes each will be played. If the score is level after extra time,
coordinated international match calendar. Any play-offs shall be played penalty kicks will be taken to determine the winner in accordance with
between 14 and 18 November 2009. the procedure described in the Laws of the Game.
4. The matches in the preliminary competition shall be played in 8. Should the best second- or third-placed team within a group stage
accordance with one of the following three formats: qualify for the next stage or for the ﬁnal competition, the criteria to
a) in groups composed of several teams on a home-and-away basis, decide such best second- or third-placed team will depend on the
with three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for competition format and will require the approval of FIFA following
a defeat (league format); proposals from the confederations.
9. In the knock-out format, both teams shall play one home and one match in question is due to be played. FIFA may consider founded and
away match each, the sequence of which will be determined by lots documented reasons for a change of kick-off time after this deadline,
drawn by the FIFA Organising Committee. The team having scored but in no event less than 7 (seven) days prior to the match.
most goals over the two games will qualify for the next round. If both
teams score the same number of goals over the two matches, the goals 3. The associations shall arrange for their representative teams to arrive
scored away will be counted as double. If the same number of goals at the venue no later than the evening before the date the match is
is scored away or both matches end without any goals being scored, due to be played.
extra time of two periods of 15 minutes each will be played. If the score
is level after extra time, penalty kicks will be taken to determine the 4. On the day before the match and weather permitting, the visiting team
winner in accordance with the procedure described in the Laws of the is entitled to have one training session of 45 (forty-ﬁve) minutes on
Game. the pitch where the match is due to take place. Prior to their arrival in
the host country, the exact time and duration of the training session
10. The dates of the matches in the preliminary competition shall be ﬁxed shall be mutually agreed, and then conﬁrmed in writing by the host
by the associations concerned in compliance with the coordinated association. In the event of severe adverse weather conditions, the
international match calendar and subject to the approval of the FIFA FIFA match commissioner may cancel the training session. In this case,
Organising Committee. The FIFA general secretariat shall be informed the visiting team shall be allowed to inspect the pitch wearing training
in accordance with the deadline stipulated in the relevant FIFA circular. shoes. Should both teams wish to train at the same time, the visiting
If the associations cannot agree on the dates of the matches in the team shall be given priority.
preliminary competition, the FIFA Organising Committee will make
the ﬁnal decisions. The FIFA Organising Committee shall ensure that 5. If the host association considers the pitch unﬁt for play, the FIFA
matches in the same group are played simultaneously when the general secretariat shall be informed immediately, as well as the visiting
situation demands this for sporting reasons. association and the match ofﬁcials before their departure. If the host
association fails to do this, it will be obliged to cover all of the expenses
incurred for travel, board and lodging of the parties involved.
Article 18 Venues, kick-off times and training sessions –
preliminary competition 6. If there is any doubt regarding the condition of the pitch once the visiting
association has already left to play the match, the referee shall decide
whether the pitch is playable or not. If the referee declares the pitch
1. The venues of the matches (if not already decided under art. 17, par. 9) unplayable, the procedure to be followed is described in par. 7 below.
in the preliminary competition shall be ﬁxed by the host association
concerned and the matches may only be played in FIFA-inspected 7. If a match is interrupted before the completion of normal playing
stadiums. The opponents and the FIFA general secretariat shall be time or extra time because of extreme weather or for reasons outside
notiﬁed by the host association at least 3 (three) months before the the control of the host association, a replay lasting 90 minutes shall
match in question is due to be played. In principle, the venue is to be be arranged for the following day, thus avoiding considerable extra
located at a maximum distance of 150km, or a two-hour drive, from expense for the visiting association. If it is still impossible to play the
the nearest international airport. If the associations cannot agree on match the next day for the same reasons, the match may be postponed
the venues for the matches in the preliminary competition, the FIFA by another day, provided both associations agree. If the match can
Organising Committee will make the ﬁnal decisions. still not be played on the third day, the expenses thus incurred by the
visiting association shall be split between the two associations. The
2. The host association shall inform its opponents and the FIFA general Organising Committee will take any other necessary decisions related
secretariat of the kick-off times at least 60 (sixty) days before the to such a replay.
8. The matches may be played in daylight or under ﬂoodlight. Matches 4. If a stadium has a retractable roof, the FIFA match commissioner, in
played at night may be played only at venues where the ﬂoodlighting consultation with the referee and the two teams’ ofﬁcials, shall decide
installations meet the minimum lighting requirements laid down by before the match whether the roof shall be open or closed during
FIFA, i.e. that the whole pitch shall be evenly lit to at least 1,200 lux. An the match. This decision must be announced at the organisational
emergency power generator shall also be available which, in the event meeting on the morning of the match, although it may subsequently
of a power failure, guarantees at least two-thirds of the aforementioned be modiﬁed prior to kick-off in the event of sudden and signiﬁcant
intensity of light for the whole pitch. The FIFA Organising Committee weather condition changes. If the match starts with the roof closed, it
is entitled to grant exceptions, which are ﬁnal. shall remain closed for the entire match. If the match starts with the
roof open and there is a serious deterioration in the weather conditions,
9. Financial arrangements for costs incurred by the visiting association only the referee has the authority to order its closure during the match.
such as travel, board and lodging as the result of playing a match In such an event, the roof is to remain closed until the end of the match.
shall be mutually agreed upon among the associations concerned
(cf. art. 23). Any disputes arising therefrom may be submitted to the 5. Matches may be played on natural or artiﬁcial surfaces. Where artiﬁcial
FIFA Organising Committee for a ﬁnal decision to be taken. surfaces are used, the surface must meet the requirements of the FIFA
Quality Concept for Artiﬁcial Turf or the International Artiﬁcial Turf
10. All matches in the preliminary competition shall be identiﬁed, promoted Standard, unless special dispensation is given by FIFA. In this case, the
and advertised as qualifying matches in accordance with the relevant visiting team is entitled to have two practice sessions before the match,
FIFA Commercial Regulations. if requested.
6. Clocks in the stadium showing the length of time played may run during
Article 19 Stadiums, fields of play, clocks, displays – preliminary competition the match, provided that they are stopped at the end of normal playing
time in each half, i.e. after 45 and 90 minutes respectively. This stipulation
shall also apply if extra time is played (i.e. after 15 minutes of each half).
1. Each association organising matches in the preliminary competition
shall ensure that the stadiums and facilities in which the matches 7. At the end of the two periods of normal playing time (45 and
take place fulﬁl the requirements described in the Football Stadiums: 90 minutes), the referee shall indicate to the fourth ofﬁcial, either orally
Technical Recommendations and Requirements publication and comply or by gesturing with his hands, the number of minutes that he has
with the safety and security standards and other FIFA guidelines and decided to allow for time lost. This also applies to the two periods of
instructions for international matches. The ﬁelds of play, accessory 15 minutes of extra time. Each allowance for time lost shall be shown
equipment and facilities shall be in optimum condition and comply on the panels or electronic display boards of the fourth ofﬁcial.
with the Laws of the Game.
8. Panels or electronic display boards, numbered on both sides for clarity,
2. Periodic safety checks for the beneﬁt of spectators, players and ofﬁcials shall be used to indicate the substitution of players and the number of
shall be carried out on the stadiums selected for matches in the minutes to be allowed for time lost. All panels and electronic boards
preliminary competition by the authorities responsible. The associations used for the duration of the preliminary competition must be approved
shall provide FIFA with a copy of the relevant safety certiﬁcate. by FIFA 10 days before the ﬁrst match.
3. As a general rule, the preliminary matches may only be played in all- 9. The use of giant screens must be in compliance with the Guidelines for
seater stadiums. If only stadiums with both seating and standing areas the Use of Giant Screens at FIFA Matches.
are available, the standing space shall remain vacant.
10. Smoking is not permitted in the technical area during matches.
Article 20 Footballs – preliminary competition Article 22 Flags and anthems – preliminary competition
1. The footballs for the preliminary competition shall be supplied by the During the preliminary competition, the FIFA ﬂag, the FIFA Fair Play ﬂag,
host association. the confederation’s ﬂag and the national ﬂags of both participating
member associations shall be ﬂown inside the stadium at every match.
2. The footballs for the preliminary competition shall conform with The FIFA anthem shall be played when the teams enter the ﬁeld. The
the provisions of the Laws of the Game and the FIFA Equipment national anthems of the two participating member associations shall
Regulations. They shall bear one of the following three designations: be played after the teams have lined up.
the ofﬁcial “FIFA APPROVED” logo, the ofﬁcial “FIFA INSPECTED” logo,
or the “INTERNATIONAL MATCHBALL STANDARD” reference.
Article 23 Financial provisions – preliminary competition
Article 21 Equipment – preliminary competition 1. All revenue from the exploitation of the commercial rights for the
preliminary competition matches belongs to the host association and,
with the income from ticket sales, forms the gross receipts.
1. The participating member associations shall comply with the FIFA
Equipment Regulations in force. Players and ofﬁcials are not allowed 2. The following expenditure shall be deducted from the gross receipts:
to display political, religious, commercial or personal messages in any a) a levy of 2% (minimum CHF 1,000) in favour of FIFA and the levy
language or form on their playing or team kits, equipment (including due to the confederation in accordance with the confederation’s
kit bags, beverage containers, medical bags etc.) or body for the statutes and regulations after deduction of the taxes mentioned
duration of their time in the stadiums, training grounds or other areas under 2b). The levies due to FIFA and the confederations shall
where accreditation is required to gain access. be paid within 60 (sixty) days of the match at the ofﬁcial rate of
exchange on the day the payment is due;
2. Each team shall have an ofﬁcial and reserve team kit, which shall be
declared on the team colour form. The colours of the reserve team kit b) state, provincial and municipal taxes as well as the hire of the
(shirt, shorts and socks) shall be noticeably different from and contrast ground, not exceeding 30% (cf. Regulations Governing the
with the colours of the ofﬁcial team kit (shirt, shorts and socks). The Application of the FIFA Statutes).
reserve team kit (including the goalkeeper’s) shall also be taken to every 3. The participating member associations shall settle the other costs
match. Only these colours may be worn at matches. among themselves. FIFA recommends the following provisions:
a) the visiting association shall pay for its delegation’s own
3. In principle, each team shall wear its ofﬁcial team kit as declared on
international travel costs to the venue and/or the nearest airport,
the ofﬁcial team colour form. If the two teams’ colours might cause
as well as board, lodging costs and incidental expenses;
confusion, the host team will be entitled to wear its ofﬁcial team kit
and the visiting team will use its reserve team kit or, if necessary, a b) the host association shall pay for domestic transport costs for
combination of the ofﬁcial and the reserve team kits. a maximum of 25 persons for a duration depending on ﬂight
4. Each player shall wear a number between 1 and 18 on his team shirt. c) the host association shall pay for board and lodging in a ﬁrst-class
The colour of the numbers must contrast clearly with the outﬁts (light hotel and domestic transport in the host country for the referee,
on dark or vice versa) and be legible from a distance for spectators assistant referees, fourth ofﬁcial, the match commissioner, the
in the stadium and television viewers in accordance with the FIFA referee assessor and any other FIFA ofﬁcials (i.e. security ofﬁcer,
Equipment Regulations. media ofﬁcer etc.), if ofﬁcially appointed by FIFA.
PRELIMINARY COMPETITION FINAL COMPETITION
4. If the ﬁnancial outcome of a match in the preliminary competition is
insufﬁcient to cover the expenses mentioned under par. 2 above, the Article 25 Final competition
host association shall bear the deﬁcit.
1. Associations qualiﬁed to take part in the ﬁnal competition of the
5. FIFA will pay for the international travel costs (by air: domestic and FIFA World Cup™ shall conﬁrm their participation by sending the
continental in economy class, intercontinental in business class; rail/ ofﬁcial entry form, duly completed, to the FIFA general secretariat by
sleeper in ﬁrst class) and the daily allowances, as ﬁxed by FIFA, for the 19 November 2009. In addition, the associations shall provide FIFA with
referee, assistant referees and fourth ofﬁcial, the match commissioner, the declarations of compliance signed by every player of its delegation
the referee assessor and any other FIFA ofﬁcials (i.e. security ofﬁcer, (cf. art. 26, par. 9). Entries sent by fax shall be conﬁrmed by sending the
media ofﬁcer etc.). signed ofﬁcial entry form by post to the FIFA general secretariat.
2. The ﬁnal competition is scheduled to be played from 11 June to 11 July
Article 24 Ticketing – preliminary competition
During the preliminary competition, the relevant host association is Article 26 List of players – final competition
responsible for the ticketing. It shall set aside an appropriate number –
to be ﬁxed by mutual agreement – of complimentary and purchasable
1. Each association that qualiﬁes for the ﬁnal competition shall send FIFA a
tickets for the visiting association. At least ﬁve representatives from the
list of 35 players (showing the full last name(s), all ﬁrst names, popular
visiting association shall be seated in the VIP box. The host association
name, place and date of birth, passport number, club and country of
shall, upon request and free of charge, provide FIFA with 10 (ten) VIP
the club, height, weight, number of caps won, number of goals scored)
box tickets and up to 40 (forty) category 1 tickets for each match. Such
whom it has called up in accordance with the relevant provisions of
tickets shall be provided to FIFA at least 30 days before the match.
Annex 1 of the FIFA Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players.
The provisional list of 35 players must be sent to FIFA at least 30 days
prior to the kick-off of the opening match.
2. The lists of 35 players will be published by the FIFA general
3. Each association will then be required to provide FIFA with a ﬁnal list
of no more than 23 players (three of whom shall be goalkeepers).
This ﬁnal list is not limited to the players on the provisional list. The
association must send this ﬁnal list to FIFA prior to the kick-off of
the opening match in accordance with the deadline stipulated in the
relevant FIFA circular.
4. The ﬁnal list of not more than 23 players (showing the full last name(s),
all ﬁrst names, popular name, number on the shirt, position, place
and date of birth, passport number, club and country of the club,
height, weight, number of caps won, number of goals scored) shall be
submitted to the FIFA general secretariat, using the ofﬁcial form for this
purpose. Only the numbers 1 to 23 may be allocated to these players, Article 27 Accreditation – final competition
with number 1 being reserved exclusively for one of the goalkeepers.
The shirt numbers for the remaining two goalkeepers may be any of 1. FIFA and/or the LOC shall issue each player and ofﬁcial with an ofﬁcial
the numbers between 2 and 23. The numbers on the back of the shirts accreditation bearing a photograph. Each participating member
shall correspond with the numbers indicated on the ﬁnal list. Only association will receive a maximum of 50 accreditation cards.
these 23 players (except in cases of force majeure recognised by the
FIFA Organising Committee) will be permitted to compete in the ﬁnal 2. Only those players who are in possession of such an accreditation
competition. card are entitled to play in the matches of the ﬁnal competition. The
accreditation card shall always be available for inspection prior to the
5. The ﬁnal lists of 23 players will be published by the FIFA general start of the match.
3. The participating member associations shall ensure that all accreditation
6. A player listed on the ﬁnal list may only be replaced in the event of data required by FIFA is submitted by the deadline stipulated by FIFA.
serious injury up until 24 hours before the kick-off of his team’s ﬁrst Further details will be outlined in a FIFA circular letter.
match. Such replacements must be approved in writing by the FIFA
Sports Medical Committee upon receipt and acceptance of a detailed
medical assessment in one of the four ofﬁcial FIFA languages. The Article 28 Teams and draw – final competition
FIFA Sports Medical Committee will approve the request if the injury
is sufﬁciently serious to prevent the player from taking part in the
1. The FIFA Executive Committee has ﬁxed the number of teams taking
competition. The participating member association shall nominate the
part in the ﬁnal competition of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South
replacement player from the ofﬁcial list and inform FIFA accordingly
Africa™ at 32, namely the Organising Association’s representative
of the player’s full details (cf. art. 26, par. 4) at the same time as when
team, South Africa, and the 31 other teams that qualify from the
submitting the request to replace the injured player.
7. All 23 players shall be named on the list of players for each match (11
2. The FIFA Organising Committee forms groups for the ﬁnal competition
selected players and 12 substitutes). Up to a maximum of three of
by seeding and drawing lots whilst taking sports and geographic
the substitutes may take the place of the selected players at any time
factors into consideration, as far as possible. The ﬁnal draw is due to
during the match.
take place in South Africa in November or December 2009. The draw
will be organised by the LOC and combined with a team seminar on
8. Not more than 23 people (11 ofﬁcials and 12 substitutes) shall be
the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
allowed to sit on the substitutes’ bench.
3. The decisions of the FIFA Organising Committee on the group formation
9. Before the start of the ﬁnal competition, all listed players must prove
and the duration of the ﬁnal competition are ﬁnal. In the event of any
their identity, nationality and age by producing their legally valid
withdrawals, the FIFA Organising Committee may change the groups
individual passport with photograph (stating day, month and year of
in accordance with the provisions of par. 2.
birth). Any player who fails to submit his passport will not be allowed
to take part in the ﬁnal competition. Every player must also sign a
declaration of compliance wherein he agrees to submit to these
4. The FIFA Executive Committee has decided to allocate the following cancel the training session and direct the teams only to inspect the
number of slots to the confederations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™: pitch wearing training shoes. Should a team play more than once in
• Africa (CAF): 5 the same stadium, a second training session is not currently foreseen.
• Asia (AFC) 4.5 However, based on requests from the teams concerned, FIFA will take
a decision on whether or not to allow a second training session on a
• Europe (UEFA): 13
case-by-case basis depending on the pitch conditions.
• Oceania (OFC): 0.5
• North, Central America, Caribbean (CONCACAF): 3.5 5. On matchdays, the teams will be entitled to warm up on the pitch
• South America (CONMEBOL): 4.5 before the match, weather permitting. If the pitch is not in good
• Host Country (South Africa): 1 condition or the warm-up would negatively affect the state of the pitch
for the match, FIFA may shorten or cancel the warm-up session.
6. The stadiums and the ofﬁcial venue-speciﬁc and team base camp
Article 29 Venues, dates and kick-off times, arrival at the venues
training sites shall be available and free of any and all commercial
for final competition matches
activities and identiﬁcations, e.g. boards and other signage other than
those of FIFA’s Commercial Afﬁliates, from at least 10 (ten) days prior
1. The venues, stadiums, dates and kick-off times for the matches shall to the ﬁrst match played in a stadium or training session held at the
be submitted by the Organising Association to the FIFA Organising ofﬁcial training sites. These stadiums and ofﬁcial training sites shall not
Committee for prior approval in accordance with the deadlines be used for any other matches or events as from 10 (ten) days prior to
stipulated in the OAA. and throughout the ﬁnal competition without the express permission
of the FIFA Organising Committee. Any violations of this stipulation
2. The matches may be played in daylight or under ﬂoodlight. All stadiums may result in disciplinary sanctions.
shall have ﬂoodlighting installations that ensure that the whole pitch
is evenly lit according to FIFA speciﬁcations and is suitable for high- 7. Each team taking part in the ﬁnal competition shall arrive in the host
deﬁnition television production. An emergency independent power country at least 5 (ﬁve) days before its ﬁrst match. Only ofﬁcial team
generator shall also be available in each stadium which, in the event hotels under contract with either FIFA or the Organising Association
of a power failure, guarantees at least two-thirds of the FIFA-speciﬁed shall be used for the teams’ accommodation. FIFA will provide details
intensity of light for the whole pitch and ensures emergency lighting about accommodation policies, and in particular the use of venue-
in the whole stadium. speciﬁc team hotels, in a circular letter. In principle, the teams shall stay
in the venue-speciﬁc team hotels the night before and the night of the
3. The FIFA Organising Committee ﬁxes the dates and venues of the match in question.
matches in the ﬁnal competition, allowing each team a rest period of
at least 48 hours between each match. 8. Ofﬁcial training sites, in good condition and situated near the team
base camps and the venue-speciﬁc team hotels in each venue, shall be
4. Weather permitting, the teams will be entitled to one 60-minute made available at least 5 (ﬁve) full days prior to each team’s ﬁrst match
training session in the stadium where they are due to play on the day in the ﬁnal competition.
before their match. Training times will be communicated by FIFA. In
principle, a minimum of 60 minutes shall be set between the end of 9. As from 5 (ﬁve) days prior to their ﬁrst match and up to their elimination,
one team’s training session and the start of the next team’s training the teams participating in the ﬁnal competition shall use only the training
session. If the pitch is not in good condition or the training session sites that have been ofﬁcially designated for training by FIFA. If a team’s
would negatively affect the state of the pitch, FIFA may shorten or preparation site is used as an ofﬁcial training site, par. 6 shall apply.